Sunday, January 13, 2013

My first crack at apple cake.

Happy new year lovely vegan eaters! 
I know that I have been lax on this blog, but it's because I find it easier and lazier to eat in ruts. As long as I have avocado, rice, and salt and pepper, I'm good. I know, it's sad.

This week's CSA. Yes I'm still juicing.
Tonight I decided to warm up this cold LA night by baking. I love baking in the winter, it makes the house smell good and it warms the place too.

Apple cake. Why did I decide apple cake? How did I think I would know how to make apple cake? I didn't. I didn't have an apple cake recipe, just this one that I severely modified. I try to find a base recipe just so I can get some of the mixtures right and not have it be too watery or too dry.

Here is my recipe.

Apple Cake
1 small apple chopped
1 small apple sliced
1/4 lemon for juice
2 tbls vanilla extract
2 tbls sugar

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsl baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup soy milk
1 tbl apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegan butter
1/4 cup cocoanut oil 

First oil and flour a 9x9" pan
Heat oven to 350.

Next chop up your apples and use the lemon to retard the browning.

Take the sliced apples and line the bottom of the floured pan.

Add vanilla and sugar to the chopped apples and mix. Set aside.

Sift all dry ingredients into a large bowl. Stir in the cup of sugar.
Add vinegar to the soy milk and stir. 
Melt the two oils together and blend. 

Fold oils into the dry ingredients. 
Add water and soy milk and stir. 
Mix in chopped apples. 

Pour into pan and level evenly. Bake for 45 min to one hour, checking on cake after the first 30 in 15 min intervals until done. 

Release cake from pan immediately onto a cooling rack. Allow to completely cool.

I finished the cake off with a maple syrup drizzle. I'm not a big icing fan, so this cake was sweet enough and flavorful. If you are adventurous, you might want to add some almond extract or even cranberries.

The texture of the cake is moist and dense. This is a great coffee cake, or even a nice birthday cake for the healthier among us.

Total of dirty dishes.
If anyone tries out this recipe, I'd love to know how it works for you. This was my first time making this up and I might tweak the ratios a bit next time. Okay, have a great week!

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